Burn Notice: Season 3 (2009 - 2010)

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Season 3
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A solid action series through and through, Burn Notice is a sleeper hit thanks to quippy voiceover and touches of darkness.

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Critic Ratings: 14

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User Ratings: 47

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Air date: Jun 4, 2009

In the Season 3 opener, Michael is investigated by the police after losing protection from the people who burned him. He also picks up a job extraditing a criminal to Latin America at the request of an old friend.

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Air date: Jun 11, 2009

A detective discovers Michael's stash of explosives, forcing him to work quickly to hide them before she can obtain a warrant. Elsewhere, the team looks for a kidnapping victim and uses an unusual form of interrogation.

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Air date: Jun 18, 2009

An arms dealer (Jay Karnes) with a grudge against Michael kidnaps Nate and forces Michael to help him pull off a heist. Elsewhere, Paxson continues her investigation of Michael.

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Air date: Jun 25, 2009

Michael infiltrates a gang in order to take down a highly sought-after criminal and ends up befriending a gang member who may not be as bad as he seems. Elsewhere, Sam contends with an IRS agent who's related to a woman from Sam's past.

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Air date: Jul 9, 2009

Michael helps foil a defense executive's plan to sell company secrets that, in the wrong hands, could lead to the deaths of American spies. Elsewhere, Michael finds a new intelligence contact.

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Air date: Jul 16, 2009

Michael learns he's being targeted by an operative and soon after is kidnapped and taken to the wilderness along with a prominent player in Miami's underworld. Elsewhere, Michael meets an ex-spy who's selling his services.

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Air date: Jul 23, 2009

Michael helps a boy run his abusive stepfather out of town by convincing the man that he's the target of an assassination plot. Elsewhere, Strickler promises to help Michael get back into the intelligence community in exchange for working together.

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Air date: Jul 30, 2009

Michael tracks down a thief who stole Barry's client list. Meanwhile, Fiona and Michael find themselves at odds over Michael's quest to get back into the intelligence community.

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Air date: Aug 6, 2009

Fiona is targeted by a dangerous man from her past, forcing Michael to team up with her brother to save her.

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Air date: Jan 21, 2010

Michael and Fiona help a widow evade violent con men, a job that finds Michael turning to Madeline for assistance. Elsewhere, a contact seeks to gain Michael's attention through extreme measures. Tyne Daly guest stars.

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The third series finds Michael adjusting to life without the protection of "Management." His exposure catches the eye of a Miami detective (Moon Bloodgood), who puts him under surveillance. While dealing with that threat, he also meets spy broker Tom Strickler (Ben Shenkman), who makes a lucrative offer in exchange for help with a dangerous mission. Chris Vance and Garret Dillahunt also guest star as two shady characters whom Michael must tangle with on his mission to make his way back to the CIA. Bruce Campbell, Gabrielle Anwar and Sharon Gless also star.

Critic Reviews for Burn Notice Season 3

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4)

The show never tries to hang an episode on whether Michael can win a physical battle, because we know he'll win every one of those, but it's still a pleasure to see him do it so easily, even when it turns out to be non-essential to winning the day.

Nov 16, 2018 | Full Review…

The show was full of the Michael Weston spay-craft trickery and amusing voiceover narration that makes this series distinctive and snappy.

Nov 16, 2018 | Full Review…

The action was solid ... and the narration had some interesting comments about the relationship between spies and law-enforcement that I wish had paid off better. I

Oct 11, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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Despite the unevenness of the season, Burn Notice still understands and uses many of its strengths well. Unfortunately, the larger story arc frequently came off as muddled.

Dec 6, 2018 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

The cast is comfortable. The writers know what works. And the series is a hell of a lot of fun.

Dec 6, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

If you were concerned that Burn Notice was about to change gears you can rest easy. But if you're like me and hoped that season 3 was going to ramp up the show significantly you might be disappointed.

Dec 6, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The show's designed not to dazzle you, but to grow on you -- and it does.

Dec 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Those who enjoy seeing Michael in action, will be happy to know they can count on that aspect of the show to remain intact.

Nov 16, 2018 | Full Review…

["A Dark Road"] was a classic Burn Notice sprinkled with some very powerful moments.

Nov 16, 2018 | Full Review…

It's just plain goddamn fun, never a chore to watch, and I only regret that now that I've caught up on it, I can no longer wake up to an episode and fall asleep at the end of the day after another one.

Jun 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Back to the premiere. It's got some cool moments; a few twists and a nice semi-dark ending.

Oct 11, 2017 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

The show itself is still entertaining enough to warrant a look.

Oct 11, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Burn Notice: Season 3

  • Sep 22, 2019
    Free of the shadow organization that burned him, Michael Westen faces new dangers in Season 3 of Burn Notice. Finally out from under the control of the people that burned him, Michael works to get back into the CIA and is soon contacted by an agent that offers him a path to makings that happen, but it may be too good to be true. Moon Bloodgood, Ben Shenkman, and Chris Vance join the cast as recurring characters, and several interesting guest stars are featured, including Paul Blackthorne, Tyne Daly (Cagney & Lacey reunion), Danny Trejo, and Garret Dillahunt. And as usual, the fight choreography and chase scenes are especially well-done and add a lot of energy to the episodes. One of USA's strongest shows, Burn Notice delivers an action-packed and thrilling third season.
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  • Feb 01, 2019
    continues to be interesting and awesome (2 viewings)

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